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    Honda announced a recall of its popular Odyssey minivan, including model years 2007 and 2008. (Honda)

    by: Michael Zak, AOL Autos
     

    Honda Motor Co. will recall 412,000 vehicles in the United States, according to a statement made by the Japanese automaker today. The recall covers 344,000 Odyssey minivans and 68,000 Element SUVs from the 2007 and 2008 model years.

    Honda announced the recall to address potential issues with the Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) modulator. Over time, brake pedals on the affected models may feel soft and slip down closer to the floor.

    “Some VSA modulators were assembled in a manner that could allow air intrusion, making it possible for air to enter the modulator during the VSA self-check mode,” the company said in a statement to media.

    “While only a miniscule amount of air can enter the system during each check, over a period of months or years, the air will accumulate and can result in the ‘soft brake pedal’ or ‘low brake pedal’ condition symptoms associated with this issue.”

    The recall was announced to address customer complaints regarding the issue.

    “My 2007 Honda Odyssey brakes are too soft,” read one complaint filed to the NHTSA. “I need to put extra pressure to bring the vehicle to a stop. Brakes have to be depressed all the way to the floor to stop...”

    According to Honda spokesman Chris Martin, several crashes and three minor injuries have been reported that cited the problem.

    The automaker announced the recall to encourage owners of the affected vehicles to see an authorized dealer as soon as they receive notification. Honda said that customers will receive notifications at the end of April.

    “Although not all vehicles being recalled are affected by this issue, we are recalling all possible units to assure all customers that their vehicles will perform correctly,” said Honda.

    “When Honda identifies concerns of this nature, nothing is more important to the company than fulfilling our obligation and responsibility to alert our customers.”

    Owners of affected vehicles can contact their dealer or Honda directly by going to www.recalls.honda.com or calling (800) 999-1009.

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    bugme456 Apr 25, 2010 6:44 PM
    i JUST WANTED TO ADD TO MY 1ST COMMENT. THAT WE HAVE BEEN COPYING AND LEARNING FROM THE JAP CRAP AND RICE ROCKET MAKERS. EAGLE6922 IT SOUNDS LIKE JOANNECHRISTIE GOT UNDER YOUR SKIN. AND I NEVER GOT TO READ HIS ORIGINAL COMMENT. SO I ONLY GOT TO SEE THE PERSONAL ATTACK ON YOU. BUT YOU BOTH DID IT WITH A LITTLE HUMOR IN IT. IM SPEAKING FROM PERSONAL EXPERIENCE AND SOURCES THAT I FEEL ARE GOOD. SO ALL IM ASKING YOU ARE YOU ABSOLUTLY SURE THAT YOUR PONTIAC IS 100% ALL PARTS ASSEMBLY ETC ALL AMERICAN. BEING SURE IS MORE LIKE I'M SURE ONR DAY I WILL DIE JUST AS SURE THAT YOU WERE BORN. IF YOU GIVE IT SOME THOUGHT THERE AREN'T TO MANY THINGS THAT WE ARE 100% SURE OF. FROM SOURCES THAT I FEEL ARE VERY RELIABLE DO SAY THAT THE HONDA IS ONE OF THOSE RICE ROCKETS ARE PROBABLY ONE OF THOSE RICE ROCKETS THAT IS AMERICAN MADE. THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENT. BUT WHATS A HUPOCRITE.....LOL!!!!!!!!!!! YOU MAKE ALOT OF GOOD POINTS.....
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    bugme456 Apr 25, 2010 5:22 PM
    bugme456@aol.com It would be nice to know what is and what is not. You go from Toyotas that I never had any Problems with. The tundra a 2k then an 2004 the most comfortable and 18/25 gas milage I know it was even better. i had all their trucks 2by2 to 4 door 2by4 tacoma which I have replaced with a ford ranger after 2 yrs..the 6 cylinder ate much more gas then the 8 cylr Tundra and I had to replace whole engine on the ranger and Im also trying a dodge dakota with an 8 cyl. It rides like it has cement wheels and more noisies then Atlantic city. So when you think your buying AMERICAN LOOK AND SEE HOW MUCH OR WHAT PART IS AMERICAN. lIKE DODGE THEY HAVE PARTS MADE IN MEXICO, jAPAN AND CHINA ETC. AND TOYOTA HAS PARTS AND ASSEMBLY HERE IN USA. AND ANY CAR OR TRUCK IMPROVEMENTS HAVE ALL BEEN COPIED SINCE THE LATE 70S TO THE PRESENT. FOR HONDA MY FAMILY SWEARS AND HAVE BEEN DRIVING FOR THE LAST 25 YRs WON'T DRIVE ANYTHING ELSE. I JUST TEST DROVE A RIDGELINE AND THINK I'M GOING TO BUY ONE. i WAS INFORMED THAT MOST OF THAT TRUCK IS MADE OR ASSEMBLED IN GOOD OL AMERICA. EVERY CAR DEALER ALWAYS NAS A CERTIAN AMOUNT OF CALL BACKS SOME ARE LIFE THREATENING AND OTHERS AHH! I REMEMBER 2 POPULAR MODEL CHEVEYS AND FORD RECALLED FOR A FEW YEARS BECAUSE OF WHERE THE GAS TANK WAS LOCATED A REAR END COLLISHION WAS BLOWING CARS AND THE PEOPLE UP. MY UNCLE WAS ONE OF THEM. SO FAR UNTIL I CAN FIND A 100% USA TRUCK IM GOING WITH A HONDA. AND IF I DO IT STILL HAS TO BE SAFE RELIABLE ETC YOU DON'T PUT YOUR LOVED ONES OVER THE ECONOMY PLEASE POST
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    hondabuck Apr 23, 2010 12:13 PM
    do not buy a car with a factory rebate, it is cheaper now, but will cost you at trade in time!
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    dickxl500 Apr 23, 2010 7:25 AM
    Hondas, Toyotas, it doesn`t matter, all Oriental junk. Maybe if the people who drive these things would get jobs, they would buy American.
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    blndee4u Apr 23, 2010 7:12 AM
    Hello~?!!~ATTENTION***rmac3021 & all others who "think" they know about Honda of America: Just for your information Honda Motors & Honda of America is NOT UAW never has been and never will be~Talk about telling people to get the facts straight! Another fact~ Honda products and components are and is "AMERICAN made" as well~ I am an Assembler @ Honda of America~15 years service
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    jamesework Apr 22, 2010 6:23 PM
    I'd flush the brake lines and see what happens. I'd bet there's more than a few dealerships who've thought the same thing.
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    jl00000000050509 Apr 22, 2010 6:56 AM
    i'm gonna buy a cape and go be a superhero tomorrow. then i'm gonna watch carson and play baseball. and buy an old odyssey and play with the pedals and do the fix myself!
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    dickbyrne9 Apr 20, 2010 4:43 PM
    Use Dexcool in your American Made Cars and prepare to spend money on many gaskets. Buy a Honda and let the dealorship service it (only).
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    delinomad Apr 18, 2010 7:55 PM
    At least the Japanese admit it when they have a recall. Think back to those amazing domestic cars of yesteryear. Cars like the Pinto, or how about the Vega. And who could forget the classic lines of cars like the Grenada or the Citation, or the cuties like the Aries K. Damn America we build some real works of art. If you haven't figured it out I think domestic vehicles are garbage, the only exceptions are the retro looking Camaro,Mustang, and Challenger. I still wouldn't own one.
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    wlr63noles Apr 16, 2010 2:34 PM
    I will buy a Honda before I buy Government Motors , But neither one can touch anyone of my Fords 168,000 on the 2001 explorer , I havent put a dime into it ( other then the battery ) and 224, 700 on my 2003 F-350 ..... Had a 1988 Accord that we bought new and 60,000 put a timing belt on it , $450.00 at 128,000 miles the head gasket was leaking , traded it in for the explorer ... no more Jap , china , korea , german or british
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    rmac3021 Apr 13, 2010 5:49 PM
    banjone, you need to get your facts straight. The UAW gave up pay, and health care benefits in order to keep the company alive. The retirees are still losing health care benefits.
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    califbus Apr 07, 2010 12:00 PM
    My wife bought an Accord in l984, and I said "what the hell did you buy that for! I liked it so well, that I bought a l985 Accord in l985, and we have had several Accords since. We now own a 2006 Accord EX with 50K on it, and it drives so well and is economical (35-40mpg). I have no plans to trade, and we drive it coast to coast every summer. Keep on truckin!
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    epigea Mar 23, 2010 4:30 PM
    chrysler fans since 1949 in my family but they are no longer what they were. we now have 4 out of 5 hondas, with just my old Caravan left from the pentastar. i will keep my mind open to new offerings from dodge, but they made me do this. constant repeat repairs and lack of vehicular longeivity.
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    abushareefh Mar 20, 2010 3:30 PM
    honda the best
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    ohotchkiss Mar 19, 2010 12:45 PM
    HONDAS ARE NOT "FOREIGN MADE" THEY HAVE HUGE FACTORIES IN OHIO AND ALL OVER THE US. 6 OF THE 10 VEHICLE TYPES IN CONSUMER REPOERS TOP PICK FOR RELIABILITY ARE HONDAS! NO PONTIACS.
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    robrobert42 Mar 19, 2010 9:23 AM
    For all you car experts, Honda has the highest resale value then any other out there.
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    hmattfrmchatt Mar 17, 2010 8:41 PM
    I will NEVER again own a foreign made car. I have never been a real fan of them anyway. Ive owned a honda and toyota. they are uncomfortable and can cost more to repair. My family has mostly owned GM vehicles and NEVER had any trouble out of them! They are more comfortable, just as reliable and safer in a accdent. Especially when you factor in onstar NO other auto maker can beat the safety deatures! We have a GMC right now and absolutely LOVE it. We also have a mercedes thats been nothing but trouble and talk about expensive! Its GM for us from now on. You can keep that foreign crap! They are NOT safe or reliable!
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    nomochimchim Mar 17, 2010 7:53 PM
    PONTIAC ??? ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME ? YEA RIGHT,THE DEMAND WAS SO HIGH FOR THOSE PUPPIES THEY DECIDED TO PACK IT UP AND GO HOME LMFAO. I KNOW THESE FOKIN LIBERALS ARE BRAIN DEAD. YOU CANT GIVE A DAMN PONTIAC AWAY. YOU COULD LEAVE THE FOKIN KEYS IN THAT POS AND REST ASSURED IT WILL BE THERE IN THE MORNING. PONTIAC ??
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    luggnutz52 Mar 17, 2010 7:27 PM
    It's the government mandating greater fleet fuel economy (CAFE) and electronic stability control (ESC) on new vehicles that's part of this picture.... and problem. In the rush for auto makers to put new technology out there maybe these electronic systems just aren't perfected yet as seen by drive by wire throttle issues. Hondas ESC braking issue is mechanical in nature but as Gramps would say &********* just something else to go wrong". Hell, it even takes a computer to activate a power window now instead of a simple switch and relay . If there's problems now, what's going to happen when these cars get older and operating in harsh conditions the grounds go bad (12 on my truck alone) or the wiring (thin as piano wire) breaks down or the computer(s) take a dump. They will be useless or cost a small fortune to repair at a dealer cause you ain't able to repair it. Gramps would say keep it simple. Things were better before all the improvements.
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    joannechristie Mar 17, 2010 6:42 PM
    eagle LOL ur a hupocrite.
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